“The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Psalm 24:1 ESV). The first motif in the psalm is the ownership of God of the earth. In the Hebrew, it literally reads—“The LORD’s is the earth.” The ownership of God of the earth is the overriding theme.
We thus learn an important principle in the faith of the psalmist. Because God owns the earth, God is thus king of creation. God is king of creation, because He owns the earth.
The LORD owns the earth and its fullness (all that fills it). He owns all the fish of the sea, all the animals of the land, and all the birds of the air.He also possesses the world and all its inhabitants. Yahweh owns all the people of the earth.
Do you realize that God owns everything and everyone on earth? The negative implication is potent. It denies nobody else any right of ownership.
The government might say that it owns the land. But God is the absolute owner of the land. The businessman might say that he owns his bank account. But God owns the money in the bank absolutely. China might say that it owns the South China Sea. But God owns the oceans entirely. You might say that it’s your life because you own it. But God owns your very life completely.
The reason is in v. 2—“For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” The reason God owns the earth is that God established it. He owns it because He founded it. God owns the earth because He made it.
It means negatively, that life did not evolve by itself. The world is not the result of random causes. God created life. He created the earth, and all life in it.